Ivey Noojin & Daniel Boguslaw Kaufman

Ivey Noojin and Daniel Boguslaw Kaufman are editorial interns at The American Prospect

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Uber and Lyft Are More Than “Just a Gig”

As the rideshare app goes public, contract workers are striking for benefits and a living wage.

Ten years after its launch, Uber is expanding its investor pool by going public. The rideshare company is filing an initial public offering on Friday after its main competitor, Lyft, filed an IPO in March . Unsurprisingly, the drivers who have built the company into an empire valued at over $80 billion don’t share investors’ enthusiasm for publicly traded options. They plan to stage work stoppages across the country. Drivers in eight cities —Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.—won’t pick up rides from the Uber app for a full 24 hours, starting Wednesday morning. Other cities are joining in solidarity: San Francisco and Atlanta will be on strike for 12 hours; drivers in three cities in the United Kingdom won’t accept rides for nine hours; and New York will boycott Uber from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. The coalition of advocacy groups organizing for a living wage, like the L.A.-based Rideshare...